Woman dies in crash on Highway 20 near Lebanon

Woman dies in crash on Highway 20 near Lebanon

LEBANON, Ore. -- A woman died and a man was injured early Thursday morning after a pickup truck collided with a car along Highway 20 near Lebanon, State Police troopers report.

Officials say Adam Hummer, 24, of Sweet Home was driving west on Hwy 20 in a GMC pickup when at around 1 a.m. he collided with a Dodge 4-door passenger car that was facing the wrong way in the westbound lanes. 

After the crash, the pickup came to a rest on top of the passenger car near the Waterloo Road intersection.

Emergency crews  pronounced the car's driver, 25-year-old Jessica Marie Martinez of Sweet Home, dead at the scene.

Hummer was taken to Samaritan Lebanon Community with non-life threatening injuries. He was later transferred to another hospital in Corvallis.

Crash investigators are still trying to determine whether Martinez (who also went by Jessica Anderson) was stopped or moving at the time of the crash. Officials say the highway has two lanes of both east and westbound traffic separated by a paved center median.

The westbound lanes of Highway 20 were closed for about 4 hours near Waterloo Drive while crews worked in the area.


From Oregon State Police:

Prior to this year since 1970, 238 people have died on Oregon roads during the Thanksgiving holiday period. Last year two people died in 2 separate crashes. 

Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation remind Oregon travelers of these important safety tips: 

 

Getting Ready for the Trip 

* Plan ahead to give yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination. 

* Stay informed about weather and road conditions, potential traffic hazards and highway closures in Oregon by visiting www.TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1 

* Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving starting with good tires, a good battery, and a full tank of gas. 

* Make sure your heater, defroster and windshield wipers are working properly; clear windows and headlights before you leave. 

* Heading towards snow or ice? Practice putting your chains on before you head out! See the helpful video on YouTube - How to install tire chains: http://youbu.be/_8RVbDuyOcy 

* Carry an emergency kit and chains or traction tires, especially if traveling over mountain passes. 

* Snacks and bottled water also are a good idea for long trips, especially with children. 

* Carry a map in case weather or road conditions force you to take a detour. Keep family members or friends aware of any significant changes in your planned route before you take the unplanned route. 

* Get plenty of rest before you leave on any trip. 

* Make sure everyone is using safety restraints and secure any cargo. 

* Always have a designated driver for any holiday activities that include alcohol. 

 

On the Road: 

* Drive according to conditions. If it's wet, icy, snowy or foggy, slow down and increase your following distance behind other vehicles to at least a four-second distance. Keep in mind that conditions may not be perfect to drive at the posted speed. 

* Use headlights even in daylight to help other drivers see you. 

* Don't use cruise control in wet, icy, snowy or foggy conditions. 

* In snow or ice, remember that bridges and overpasses are the first to freeze and the last to thaw; be alert! 

* Be patient with all the other traffic on the highways. 

* Watch out for pedestrians now that the days are shorter and darker, and remember they're often in dark clothing. 

* If you get tired or drowsy, stop and rest during your trip or get a rested and sober licensed driver behind the wheel. 

* There are still many construction zones on our highways, and even though work will be inactive over the holiday weekend there may be equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway. Stay alert and slow down because all work zone speed limits still apply and fines increase in these areas. 

* Don't drink and drive or get into a vehicle with a driver who has been drinking.